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BJ Campus Re-Entry Task Force Report

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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As the rabbis shared earlier this summer, our commitment to the health and safety of the staff and members lives in tension with the community’s deep desire to be together. […]

Shabbat Morning Upshot

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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WAKE UP: Birkot Hashahar What it Is Originally said upon waking and arising, these blessings express gratitude for being awake, for being alive, and for being right here—who we are, […]

Inspiration for Your High Holy Days Table

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In her book King Solomon’s Table, a collection of Jewish recipes from around the world, Joan Nathan asked a chef why he continues to make his family’s traditional recipes. He […]

Jewish Folk Tales

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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The Jewish people are known as “the people of the book”, but we also have a long tradition of oral storytelling. Early in the Torah, Moses explains to the Israelites […]

B’nai Jeshurun Invites Participation in Virtual High Holy Days Journey

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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“Waze to the Light” programs and resources guide BJ members and the larger community through the holiday season, providing reflection, engagement, and community while transcending physical distance. Through its innovative […]

Toward Shabbat: Ki Tetze

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Al tishkah! Don’t forget!  This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze, has the largest number of mitzvot (72) of any portion. It concludes with mitzvot that are particularly challenging. “Remember what […]

Homelessness in our Community

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Over the past few weeks, a controversy has erupted on the Upper West Side regarding the temporary use of local hotels to shelter men experiencing homelessness. The majority of these […]

Toward Shabbat: Ekev

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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On Tisha Be’Av, it is customary to read from the Book of Lamentations. The text describes in detail the destruction of the Temple of Zion, and the toll it took […]

Our High Holy Days Plans

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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First and most importantly, as we live each day in a very different world around us, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. We […]

Toward Shabbat: Devarim

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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One of my favorite stories is the classic Buddhist story of two monks: a student and teacher who are walking in the forest, each having vowed never to touch a […]

Taste of Haftarah: Hazon

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Our final haftarah of this three-week period of reflection and grief begins with Isaiah’s hazon (vision)—thus earning the title “Shabbat Hazon.” As in the case of the haftarot of the […]

Free Over-the-Phone Technical Help From BJ Member Zach Cohn

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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BJ member Zach Cohn has set up a program that offers over-the-phone technical help for free. The goal is to provide a way for seniors to get help with technology […]

Taste of Haftarah: Pinhas

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3 In the first of three special Haftarot of Admonition during the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha Be’Av, we meet Jeremiah, as he […]

Toward Shabbat: Pinhas

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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The Lord said to Moses, “Ascend these heights of Abarim and view the land that I have given to the Israelite people. When you have seen it, you too shall […]

Summer Adult Learning Opportunities from BJ’s Partners

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Looking for more Jewish adult learning opportunities this summer? Two of BJ’s partners, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Hadar, are offering a multitude of classes throughout the […]

Toward Shabbat: Hukkat-Balak

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Two hundred and forty-four years ago this weekend, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence, freeing the 13 colonies from subordination under the British monarchy. Generations […]

Kadima@BJ 2020-21 Virtual Plan

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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We would like to take the opportunity to share our Kadima@BJ plan for the fall with you. We have made the decision to hold Kadima@BJ virtually from September-December. This decision […]

Office Closure Announcement

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In recognition of the great effort it has taken on the part of the BJ staff to transition to VirtuShul during these unprecedented and challenging times, the BJ leadership has […]

Toward Shabbat: Korah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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The first teaching of Pirkei Avot, the classic Jewish text on ethics, ends with the injunction: וַעֲשׂוּ סְיָג לַתּוֹרָה Build a fence around the Torah. For most commentators, the message […]

Taste of Torah: Korah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In parashat Korah, we read of the Levite member of B’nai Yisrael of the same name, who leads a rebellion over the leadership of Moshe and Aharon. In response, Moshe […]

Hebrew School Educators 2020-2021 Search

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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B’nai Jeshurun is seeking part-time creative, dedicated, and tech-competent educators to teach in our Hebrew School program, Kadima@BJ. We are searching for enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals who will partner with […]

Toward Shabbat: Shelah Lekha

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In his best-known work, The Guide for the Perplexed, Maimonides puzzles over an often-overlooked moment in this week’s parashah1. After both the episode of the spies and Moses’ subsequent appeal […]

Toward Shabbat: Naso

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Taste of Torah: Naso

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Taste of Torah: Second Day of Shavuot

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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While the Torah reading for the first day of Shavuot chronicles the moments leading up to revelation at Sinai, the reading for the second day of Shavuot speaks about the […]

Toward Shavuot

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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As we move toward Shavuot we prepare to receive Torah once again, readying ourselves for what the gift of Torah might mean for each of us at this moment in […]

Toward Shabbat: Bamidbar

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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We enter this Shabbat Bamidbar, in the seventh and last week of the Counting of the Omer and within spiritual reach of Mount Sinai, ready to receive the Torah once […]

Taste of Torah: Bamidbar

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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This week, as we begin the book of Bamidbar, we find the Israelites continuing their journey through the wilderness of Sinai. Still nomadic and not yet settled in the land […]

Your Story from a Pesah in Extraordinary Times

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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For many of us, this Passover was unlike any other, and required innovating and adapting to our current circumstances. We want to hear about some of the things you’ve learned. […]

Support Frontline Workers: Make-at-Home Face Shield Kits

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Thanks to a longtime BJ member who has been making face shields at home and has spearheaded this effort, we are putting together 25 make-at-home kits. Each kit will include […]

Toward Shabbat: Emor

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Taste of Torah: Emor

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Toward Shabbat: Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Counting the Omer has taken on new meaning for me this year. Each time I sit down to study the daily or weekly attributes, each time I focus on a […]

Taste of Torah: Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In the opening verses of this week’s double parashah, our text revisits a troubling narrative from several weeks ago: the traumatic and unexplained deaths of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu. […]

My D’var Torah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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My bar mitzvah parashah is Aharei Mot, “After the Death.” It takes place right after the death of Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two sons, who were killed by God after […]

Preservation of Human Life

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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I haven’t had a moment yet to really process all that has happened in our world. At first, each fragment of energy was dedicated to my work; engaging and supporting […]

Taste of Torah: Tazria-Metzora

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In this week’s parashah, Tazria-Metzora, we read of the conditions that make one exist in a state of tumah (often translated as impurity) and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to […]

Taste of Torah: Shemini

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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“There is something about eating animals that tends to polarize: never eat them or never sincerely question eating them; become an activist or disdain activists. These opposing positions—and the closely […]

A Solo Seder with Ushpizin

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Letter to the Editor Published in the New York Jewish Week on March 29 2020 To the Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Week, Andrew Silow-Carroll From: Peninnah Schram Dear Editor, I […]

Taste of Torah: Hol Hamo’ed Pesah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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וַהֲסִרֹתִי֙ אֶת־כַּפִּ֔י וְרָאִ֖יתָ אֶת־אֲחֹרָ֑י וּפָנַ֖י לֹ֥א יֵרָאֽוּ׃  Then I will take My hand away and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.” —Exodus 33:23   […]

A BJ Member’s Introduction to the Alliance of Families for Justice

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Jim Melchiorre, SPSA, co-chair of the BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Task Force: Among the three-year rotating collection of scripture SPSA reads during the season of Lent is a story from the […]

Toward Shabbat: Tzav

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Yom Hazikaron: Share Your Memories

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In a few weeks from now, we will mark Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. There is almost no one in Israeli society […]

Family Life & Learning – Pesah Resources

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Dear Families, As we begin our preparation for Passover, our amazing Family Life and Learning Team has compiled resources and activities to bring the retelling of the story of our […]

Taste of Torah: Tzav

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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וַיִּשְׁחָט וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה מִדָּמוֹ וַיִּתֵּן עַל-תְּנוּךְ אֹזֶן-אַהֲרֹן הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן יָדוֹ הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן רַגְלוֹ הַיְמָנִית: וַיַּקְרֵב אֶת-בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וַיִּתֵּן מֹשֶׁה מִן-הַדָּם עַל-תְּנוּךְ אָזְנָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן יָדָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן רַגְלָם הַיְמָנִית וַיִּזְרֹק […]

Taste of Torah: Vayikra

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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This week we begin a new book of the Torah, marking the end of Exodus narrative and diving deep into the Israelite’s need to create structure in their new reality […]

A Guide to Using Zoom

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Many of our programs and services have moved to VirtuShul, our virtual shul—a living, connected, loving, virtual community. VirtuShul is powered by Zoom video conferencing software, making our community accessible […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayak’hel Pekudei

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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On Tuesday, my family and I came out of 14 days of precautionary quarantine—a result of our children’s school being an early locus of COVID-19 cases. The quarantine brought out […]

Taste of Torah: Vayak’hel-Pekudei

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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The oldest institution of higher learning in the modern state of Israel is not Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, though that august university was founded over 100 years ago. Rather, […]

Coronavirus Update for Families: March 15

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Early last week we shared the news that one of our families might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Today, that family reported to BJ that they all tested negative for COVID-19; […]

Department Administrator, Community Engagement Search

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Full-time Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on […]

Young Families Engagement Coordinator Search

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the […]

Coronavirus Update: February 28

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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As a large community that gathers together frequently, we thought it prudent to remind everyone of the current information regarding the coronavirus. At the bottom of this post, you will […]

Taste of Torah: Terumah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Parashat Terumah, known for its detailed laundry list of instructions for the construction of the Mishkan, begins in a slightly different tone than the verses that follow: God requests that […]

Toward Shabbat: Mishpatim

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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The first gallery of the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL—a project of Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative—contains a series of life-size holograms of black slaves locked in pens. They are waiting to be […]

Hiding Time

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Delivered at B’nai Jeshurun — Yom Kippur 2016 It is an honor to share my mother’s story with my congregation and I want to thank the rabbis of BJ for […]

Toward Shabbat: Yitro

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Taste of Torah: Yitro

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Toward Shabbat: Beshalah

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Beginning Sunday evening and into Monday, we will celebrate Tu Bishvat, the new year of the trees. One of four different dates marking a new year in the Jewish calendar, […]

Toward Shabbat: Bo

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Taste of Torah: Bo

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Midnight Run Drive

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools, and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to the […]

Kavannah of Transformation

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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One month from now, we’ll gather on Rosh Hashanah and read from the Torah about Hagar, the Egyptian handmaid of Avram and Sarai, cast off into the wilderness along with […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Kay Gardiner

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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In conversation recently, someone asked me, “what does Judaism mean to you?” I responded, “It is my home in this world.” It came out so quickly, and with such certainty, […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Margo Hughes-Robinson

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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When I began seriously reading about Judaism in my early teens, I never felt like I was reading about a foreign group. Instead, the entire process of converting to Judaism, […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Nilda Torres Dicker

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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My choice to convert seemed like an organic act. It felt like the path I was meant to take. My parents were from Puerto Rico, and I grew up in […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Chris Reid

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Prayer: I would start there. Heschel writes that prayer is a radical act; prayer demands we remove the blinders covering our eyes—and our souls—throw convention aside, and search at our […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Anais Ozer

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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I wrote the following words more than three years ago; an excerpt from the D’var Torah at my Bat Mitzvah: In Parashat Tetzaveh the Israelites are given instructions to construct […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Christina Gantcher

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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Ever since I was a young girl, I felt a strong sense of relationship with God. I was raised Catholic and I was lucky that my Sunday school was led […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Andres De La Pena

Start Date:September 27, 2020 @ 2:32 am
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I was born in Mexico City, where it felt like being Mexican was synonymous with being Catholic. Growing up, I was never forced to participate in religious services but I […]